Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hate BJJ

I have met a few people who have quit BJJ shortly after getting their purple belt. I asked them why, they said they didn't like it anymore. They in fact hated it. Waking up sore, tired, always injured, in pain...

I think what they really hate is rolling and all the wear and tear on your body. And they assume all BJJ is, is rolling and hard training sessions with conditioning. If they could enjoy the theoretical side, the practical side, the constant repetition of movements, discovering of moves, the soft art of Jiu Jitsu, they may still be training today.

It's a common perception, people think all BJJ is, is the sparring. If I hate the sparring, I hate BJJ. I am sorry they never got to discover and enjoy the technical, theoretical, the Inner side of BJJ.


  1. I have had a run of losses in competition this year and after my last one a few days ago I cracked a bit and wrote down some very angry words. My husband pointed out that purple belt is one of the most difficult phases of training, because you can see where you want to go, you see the submissions, the moves, but the execution is not yet perfected. Also, purple is just right in that sweet spot of having every lower belt gun after you, and every higher belt smack you down.

    The wear and tear is not just on the body.

  2. You are right, you kill yourself trying to prove to yourself and everyone else you deserve a purple, no matter how worn out your body and mind get. It's the belt that makes people sacrifice their peace of mind, health, and sometimes happiness. At the end is it worth it? What you will find is, it's just another belt and the one you may keep the least. Black is the one you will hold onto forever.



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